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Recruitment Details

Position Details

Recruitment Number VA797
Posting Period

Open Until Filled (Review of Applications will begin 05/17/17. Applications received after that date may be considered.)

On Campus Only Promotional Opportunity No
Level/Range/Grade 1
Salary Range (From $ to $) $3,635 - $12,456 per month (New employees should anticipate being hired at the beginning of the salary range)
Department Gateway Science Museum
Number of Positions 1
FLSA Code Exempt
Status At Will
Full-time/part-time (if part-time, indicate time base) Full-Time
Pay Plan 12/12
CBU/MOU M80 - Management Personnel Plan
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Work Schedule

Hours Per Day 8 hours during the school year / 10 hours during the summer
Days Per Week 5 days during the school year / 4 days during the summer
Shift Day

Position Summary

Primary Duties

The Gateway Science Museum (GSM) Executive Director is responsible for the development, management, and execution of operations, programs, mission, and initiatives of the museum. The Executive Director reports directly to the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Primary responsibility includes oversight of museum operations and initiatives that support the museum mission, vision, and strategic priorities. Areas of oversight includes financials, operations scheduling and logistics, staffing, exhibits curation and contract negotiations, activities planning and development, revenue development and management, marketing, public relations, outreach, membership, university compliance, coordination with campus constituents, and liaison to community partners.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough Knowledge of:

  • Administrative, personnel, and fiscal management.
  • Effective supervisory practices and techniques, employee-employer relationships, and the management of a unit.
  • Principals of management, planning, organizational structure, and directing a program.
  • Scientific principles.

Working Knowledge of:

  • Writing and securing grants from public and private funding sources and cultivating donors.
  • Research and observation techniques for the purpose of recording, classifying, and interpreting factual information.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with techniques and best practices for developing engaging STEM programming.
  • Research, design, development, testing, implementation and oversight of STEM educational activities, outreach, and programming.
  • Proficient in the use of standard office equipment (computers, copiers, phones).
  • Familiarity with techniques and best practices for curating small exhibits and creating interpretive signage.
  • Cutting, mounting, framing, and hanging interpretive signage.
  • Installing, positioning, securing, and maintaining temporary displays.
  • Researching, documenting, negotiating, and properly storing acquisitions.


  • Advanced analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills within a complex work environment and to adopt effective courses of action.
  • Collect, track and analyze data and/or information, prepare reports or presentations, draw conclusions from the analysis, effectively present the information and make recommendations.
  • Demonstrated skills setting priorities and deadlines to ensure project goals and objectives are obtained within timelines.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Collaboration skills to work with faculty, staff, and University administration.
  • Demonstrated success in leadership, supervision, and planning skills.
  • Public speaking skills directed to a diverse audience.
  • Demonstrated collaboration skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills and the demonstrated competence to effectively present information in either format.

Incumbent must have the ability to:

  • Negotiate, collaborate, and compromise.
  • Adapt to the dynamics of organizational, procedural and policy changes; organize resources, especially staff, to meet program goals.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats to a broad range of audiences, including university administration, faculty, and staff, as well as museum staff, GSM Community Advisory Board, members, teachers, and visitors (especially children).
  • Effectively communicate current and emerging scientific concepts.
  • Interpret and apply a variety of complex policies, procedures, regulations, and agreements, identify deviations from applicable policies to carry out responsibilities in accordance with University policies and applicable laws.
  • Conceptualize or identify needed changes, develop and implement practical, different and/or creative solutions.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external communities.
  • Plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinates and ability to delegate effectively.
  • Use tact, diplomacy and discretion when handling sensitive and/or confidential matters or materials.
  • Make decisions and implement actions having implications with regard to other program or service areas.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, staff, and faculty.
  • Work after-hours and weekends as needed.
  • Perform assigned duties.
Required Education and/or Experience

Requires a Master’s Degree in Science, Engineering, Math (STEM) discipline, Museum Management (or related field)
Three years experience in a museum with substantial Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) programming.

Experience will also include;

  • Managerial and budget experience.
Additional Requirements for this Position


Recruitment Preferences

Preference may be given to applicants with the following as they may be considered specialized skills:

  • Advanced degree in a STEM discipline AND advanced degree in museum management
  • Experience with some or all of the following: fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, and stakeholder relations.
  • Demonstrated experience effectively collaborating with diverse stakeholders, university community members, and others.
Special Requirements
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. This is considered a sensitive position. Current CSU, Chico employees are subject to a background check (including a criminal record check) if voluntarily moving into a sensitive position, regardless of any background checks previously conducted. Incumbent is responsible for the safety and security of Level 1 data, sometimes also referred to as Level 1 protected data. This is confidential information that is in most cases protected by statutes, regulations, or other legal mandates.
  • This position is a Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) designated managerial position and comes under the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) of the California State University. Individuals appointed to management positions serve at the pleasure of the President or designee. They are excluded from the collective bargaining process, are not subject to probationary service, and do not receive tenure or permanent status. This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • The duties of this position will include participation in a decision that may have a material/financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, this is a “designated position” under the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code and the incumbent will be required to file a Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest and is subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
  • A valid California Driver’s License must be maintained throughout employment in this position as well as successful completion and continued compliance of the CSU Defensive Driver’s Training course is required.
  • Due to the nature of work occasional after-hours and weekend special events work is required.

Incumbent/applicant will need to be able to perform the essential job functions (duties) of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. This position alternates between remaining in a stationary position operating a personal computer for long periods of time and frequently moving about inside the office and galleries. May need to travel across campus to other offices and buildings for meetings and events.

The position involves frequent interaction with museum staff, faculty, students, community volunteers, and museum visitors, in an active and fast-paced dynamic environment. The museum operates 7days/wk, 52 wks/yr, and is open to the public 5days/wk, 46 wks/yr. Daily activities M-F interface with inter-campus agencies and administration on a regular basis, requiring on-going communication, negotiations, and visitations to other campus offices. Organization and participation in monthly committee planning meetings, representation at regular after-hours gatherings of donor constituents & advisory board, and oversight for occasional after-hours and weekend special events is required.


This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible).

Benefit Information

CSU, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance). Eligibility for standard CSU benefits is based on an appointment of half-time or more for a period exceeding six months. Employees appointed less than half-time or less than six months are not eligible for standard CSU benefits but do receive prorated sick leave and vacation.

Eligibility for Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits is based on an appointment of at least three-quarter time, hired to work a minimum of 130 hours per month over the course of the appointment or works an average of 130 hours or more per month during the measurement period. The ACA guidelines provide for health coverage or FlexCash only. ACA does not provide dental or vision plan coverage.

About the University and Community

Detailed information is available at As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. CSU, Chico welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment. We also welcome those who share a passion and commitment to the University’s 6th Strategic Priority that focuses on sustainability, stewardship, and the environment – see

California State University, Chico is committed to achieving excellence through diversity in the classroom and the workplace. It strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students, faculty, and staff.

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.

Posting Details

Open Date (posting open date) 05/02/2017
Close Date (posting close date)
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Résumé
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Optional Applicant Documents